The Liars - Naomi Joy
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Two women. One deadly secret. A rivalry that could destroy them. Ava Wells is perfect. She has the boyfriend, the career, the looks. But one night changes everything and her life suddenly isn't so seamless. Jade Fernleigh is ambitious. She's worked hard to get where she is. And she's not about to let Ava take the job she rightly deserves. Both women share a secret that could destroy them, but who will crumble first?
I’m actually not sure what I think of this book. I read it quite quickly, which I usually say is a good sign; however, I don’t know whether I actually enjoyed it. The book is quite slow-going, to begin with, and even at 30% in I wasn’t sure what it was really about. There weren’t any hints at it being a Psychological Thriller, and even when the real drama got going, it still didn’t feel like it. Towards the end was probably the best bit as you get answers as to what has been going on. However, I don’t think the story was very well-developed to get to that point. The book is called The Liars, which indicates the two protagonists Jade and Ava are liars; however, the lies just didn’t fit in. We, as a reader, were told one thing, but then that was all thrown out when we were told ‘the truth’. The truth, though, didn’t sit in with what we had seen actually happen. There were inconsistencies throughout the book; for example, Jade leaves her phone at the bar, but then when she’s at home she gets a message on it! The book as a whole felt just office politics on speed! Everything seemed really petty, and I could not figure Jade out, had she been diagnosed with a mental disorder? She was undoubtedly a bit cuckoo, but then I did start to feel sorry for her, which was quite hard to do at the beginning. The very end of the book left me feeling frustrated, I’m not sure what that last chapter set out to achieve, but it wasn’t necessary. The author wanted obviously to give the readers a gasp moment and make us think, but what was there to think about?? So the book had its good moments, but overall, I don’t think it was well put together. Good premise but not very well executed.